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Eco-friendly Celebrations: Karnataka Government says ‘No’ to Plaster of Paris and ‘Yes’ to Clay-based Idols for Ganesh Chaturthi

The initiation of this rule was done in the village of Hullolhutti three years ago by the chairman of the Karnataka State Temperance Board, Mr. Sachidananda Hegde

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Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated to honour Hindu Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia

Karnataka, Sept 08, 2016: Amidst the sparkling and glittering celebrations of the most awaited Ganesh Chaturthi, the government of Karnataka has zeroed in on a rule in order to protect the environment and maintain the decorum and decency of the society.

The rule states the ban on idols made out of Plaster of Paris and also the prohibition of alcohol consumption for ten days during the festival, in the state. The rule though was declared this year itself, but due to the unawareness of the public, they were relaxed for the current year but will be strictly imposed from the very next year.

The initiation of this rule started three years ago on the villagers of Hullolhatti of Hukkeri taluk, by the chairman of the Karnataka State Temperance Board, Mr. Sachidananda Hegde. In an overwhelming wave of surprise, the proposal was humbly welcomed by the people of Karnataka that portray their sensitivity and accountability towards environmental issues.

To bring this into effect and in the fight against pollution, there exists a family of the Badigers, who in order to play their part for the development of this festival in a more effective and eco-friendly manner has started the production of clay-based idols of Lord Ganesha, reported the Hindu.

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This year in 2016, but for an aberration wherein two families brought PoP idols from outside the village, remaining 398 Hindu families observing the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations have installed clay idols. Not just that, even the 12 Ganesh Mandals have installed clay idols, which set a welcome example for others to emulate, mentioned The Hindu reports.

Lastly, the households and the pandals have also astoundingly agreed to not play any obscene Bollywood music during these ten days but rather keep the entertainment quotient high through playing devotional songs only.

 

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It is indeed truly inspiring for the entire nation to witness such shining instances of such esteemed social responsibility. The combined effects of the insightful government and the responsible citizens, this power-house festival is surely set to be beautified with the colors of decency and environment-friendly elements.

– prepared by Ayushi Gaur of NewsGram.

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Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with Over Loaded Zeal and Vigor at Delhi Haat

Most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav has started today. Enjoy a wide variety of Modak during this Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia.
  • Time to welcome Lord Ganesha in our homes has arrived.
  • Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with lots and lots of Modaks.
  • Visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and gaiety.

New Delhi, August 25, 2017: Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with over loaded zeal and vigor at Delhi Haat, INA, as Delhi Tourism in collaboration with M/S Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti is organizing the year’s most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav here, from August 25 to September 4, 2017.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganesha Utsav or Vinayak Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is considered as the lord of prosperity. He is considered as the one removes all the obstacles and brings in the fortune.

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most sacred and auspicious festivals in Indian culture. This fervor festival commences on the birth anniversary of elephant god of India during the Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is commemorated by installing Lord Ganesha’s idol at homes or public pandals.

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A pandal for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Pixabay

With high festive spirits in their heart, people embellish pandals with colorful flowers and dazzling lights. The music system is also installed to play bhajans and aartis. A traditional ambiance is created by devotees in the pandal.

During the 10-days long Ganesha Utsav, morning and evening prayers are offered to the deity. Vedic hymns and Hindu texts are chanted. The Indian sweet dumpling also called modak, is what everybody waits for. It is the main attraction of this festive season. It is considered as the Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet. After offering the modak to Lord Ganesha, it is distributed among the people as prasadam. At various places, Langars(community meal) is also organized for the devotees. Others sweets and savories such as karanji, Kheer, Puran Polis etc., also adds more sweetness in this festive season.

Lord Ganesha's favourite sweet "MODAK"
Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet “MODAK”. Wikimedia

Various pandals, also set up tableaux (jhanki) of Lord Ganesha. These tableaux represent some events from the Lord Ganesha’s life. At some places, children and even adults dress up in Lord Ganesha costume to become a part of these tableaux.

At Delhi Haat, INA, a temporary pandal for Lord Ganesha has been setup. Morning and evening prayers are also performed. You can also enjoy the other events in Delhi Haat, INA. Every evening during this festive season, Delhi Haat, INA, will organize cultural shows and performances by the artists of various genres.

“Delhi Haat offers tantalizing glimpses of the vast storehouse of the Indian Culture by holding regional festivals at its open air theatre”, mentioned Delhi Tourism report.

This is a great place to tempt your taste buds with all sorts of dishes. You can relish yourself with these wide variety food stalls in Delhi Haat.

Do visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi to the fullest.

How to reach Delhi Haat, INA:
Address: Delhi Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023                               Nearest Metro station: INA                                                                                       Click on this link to get the exact location on Google maps.

https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Delhi+Haat/@28.550589,77.1548241,11.43z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sdelhi+haat,+INA,SOUTH+DELHI!3m4!1s0x390ce263a7a30d5b:0x32405cf05342652b!8m2!3d28.572745!4d77.2090213

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Now You Can Savor Modaks and Other Healthy Foods on the Occasion Ganesh Chaturthi

Preparing sweets and food at home will help in controlling your oil and sugar intake and enjoying a guilt-free Ganesh Chaturthi

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A Ganesh Murti on display on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia
  • For people with diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity, Ganesh Chaturthi may feel like a daunting prospect due to fried food and sweets
  • This season, try to make your own delicacies and sweets at home in order to make them healthier
  • Apart from reviving the traditional way of celebration, you will be able to control your oil and sugar intake and enjoy a guilt-free Ganesh Chaturthi without compromising on your health

New Delhi, August 21, 2017: One can’t just ignore the risks associated with health that come along with festival foods, even though they delight the foodie inside you. Aishwarya Parameshwaran has listed a few tips that can make Ganesh Chaturthi both healthy and fun.

During Ganesh Chaturthi, the food items like Puri-bhaji, Modaks, Puran polis, aluwadi are sufficient to melt your heart. We lose control while looking at mouth-watering food but without delicious food and sweets, this festival would be incomplete.

For people suffering diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity, Ganesh Chaturthi might feel difficult to deal with as eating fried festival food depicts a way of celebrating this festival in a traditional manner but it could have an impact on weight management, cholesterol, and glucose level in the blood. Make an attempt to cook your own delicacies and sweets at home this season. You will not only be able to enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi in a traditional manner but it’ll also help you control your oil and sugar intake. This is turn will make your Ganesh Chaturthi guilt-free as you will not be making a compromise with your health.

Listed below are a few tips to go healthy this Ganesh Chaturthi:

Puri

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Puri bhaji. Wikimedia

We rely on tissues to make the crispy, fried puris healthier. But, all the oil cannot be soaked from these puris using tissues. If you’re suffering from cholesterol and are stuck in a fix, we will provide you with a solution. The only change you need to take is to try baking the puris instead of frying! Knead the whole wheat flour well and then divide the dough into similar parts to roll them into the shape of a puri. Then, place them on a tray covered with grease after pricking them with a fork. Bake your wheat puris in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes, at 200 degree Celsius. Savor these healthy puris with potato vegetable!

Modak

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Using jaggery instead of sugar will make your modaks healthy and tastier. Wikimedia

Consuming this sweet in large quantity can have an impact on your health. It appears as a healthy dish because it is not fried and is steamed, but it still remains unhealthy due to a lot of sugar present in it. You can make it nutritious and healthy by using jaggery instead of sugar. Jaggery, a natural sweetener, is not only enriched with iron but it helps to flush out the toxing from your body by cleaning up the liver. So, make way for healthier and tastier modaks!

 Puran Poli

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Maharashtrian Puran Poli. Wikimedia

Puran Poli, Maharashtra’s most famous dish, is a must during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a Maharashtra’s classic dish which is made using red gram (tuvar dal) or yellow gram (chana dal) with a mixture of cardamom, ghee, coconut, and jaggery stuffed in it. This mixture is full of calories due to its sweetness. So, we recommend you to use ghee negligible quantities and choose wheat flour to make it even more healthier.

Sheera

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Sheera prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia

All you got to do to make sheera healthier is use minimum ghee and natural sweeteners like banana, dates, or figs instead of sugar. Preparing it at home will make you get everyone’s help at home and also control the quantities of calories/sugar in the sweet. Home-made sheera will definitely be healthier and safer as compared to the outside one.

Also Read: Ganesh Chaturthi: The Birth Anniversary of the Mighty “Vighnaharta”

 Alu wadi

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Patrado is a Konkani & Malvani dish from the konkan region. It’s made with Taro leaves stuffed with a coarse paste made of rice, lentils and spices. Patrado also has a sweet version called Alu wadi mostly eaten as a snack in Gujarat. Wikimedia

Alu wadi, also known as Patra is a savory dish of Maharashtra and is prepared during festivals and special occasions in Maharashtra. Alu wadi is prepared with taro leaves, known to be very good for people with diabetes. The leaves also help in digestion due to their high fiber content. You can just consume this dish after steaming it or choosing shallow frying. This way you can enjoy amazing food along with keeping your health in mind.

Fruits 

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Choosing fruits as an alternative to sweets and fried snacks is a healthy option. Wikimedia

The hunger between our meals, make us have unhealthy sweets, fried chips, etc and few people even try to disregard that hunger. This can make your body go through acidity because this will only make you restless and tired. Choosing fruits as an alternative is a healthy option and it will not only fill your stomach temporarily but will also prevent you from feeling lazy.

Juices and drinks

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Mosambi Juice. Wikimedia

Almost all processed foods or beverages contain huge amounts of fructose which poses a threat to our health. We recommend you to go for juices made from natural fruits like mosambijuice, lemon juice, coconut juice and try to stay away fromsoft drinks. Masala dudh can also be chosen as an option if honey is used as a sweetener.

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Ancient Chennakesava Temple Completes 900 Years

The ASI hasn't yet responded to the letter regarding the need to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the temple

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The Chennakesava temple turns 900 but no celebration takes place
Chennakesava temple turns 900 year old. Wikimedia
  • Chennakesava temple turns 900 years old this year
  • It was commissioned by the Hoysala king in 1117 CE
  • ASI hasn’t responded to the letter regarding the need to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the temple

New Delhi, July 15, 2017: Chennakesava temple, a real masterpiece and a fine example of Karnata-Dravida architecture, had its 900th anniversary this year. The temple completed 900 years of construction on March 10, However, the historic occasion was hardly marked by any celebration.

Vishnuvardhana, the Hoysala king commissioned the Chennakesava temple in 1117 CE. It has been established by the Researchers that the temple was built as a symbol of victory of King Vishnuvardhana. “Soon after winning a war in 1104, Vishnuvardhana took up the construction of the temple, and according to an inscription, the temple was ready by March 1117,” said Srivatsa Vati, a historian and an expert in Hoyasala architecture.

“It was Mr. Vati, who wrote to various departments, including the ASI, reminding them about the temple’s 900th anniversary and stressed the need to commemorate the occasion,” says The Hindu report.

Also read: 13 Beautiful Ancient Temples in India showcase Architectural Brilliance.

The Muzrai Department and Hassan district administration responded positively, however, no response has been received from the ASI yet. The temple management committee discussed a series of programs, in a meeting, in order to mark the 900th anniversary of the monument. Religious programs were held as per the suggestions, under the leadership of the priest of the temple. Seminars, a sculpture workshop, competitions for college students, and a State-level Bharatanatyam competition, as a part of a nine-day event, were also suggested by Mr. Vati.

Uma alias Muddamma, president of Belur Town Municipal Council, said that they are still in the process of figuring out what events could be conducted to celebrate the 900 years of Chennakeshwara temple. “On an average, more than 10,000 people visit the temple during weekends. We need funds to develop road infrastructure in the area in addition to improving amenities for visitors. We have submitted a memorandum to chief minister Siddaramaiah seeking funds for development of the town and are awaiting his reply,” He informed.

The Chennakeshava temple at Belur is a marvellous example of the Hoysala architecture and forms a crucial part of their legacy. It is indeed disappointing that the celebration of 900 years of the temple is not being given due importance.

The Chennakesava temple originally referred to as the Vijayanarayana temple is situated on the Yagachi River at Belur. It has also been proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage tag. The temple attracts a large number of tourists every year.

Prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha